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The University of Illinois Wants to Build a Mini Nuclear Reactor. Here’s Why

The Messenger reports that the University of Illinois wants to build a mini reactor.

The C3 Take
  • The University of Illinois had operated a nuclear reactor on its campus for research purposes for four decades until 1998.
  • The university would also operate this reactor for research and development and is considering using a microreactor that use helium gas for cooling instead of water, which may offer additional safety benefits.
  • According to the university, the reactor may be up and running by 2028.

“The university has a history with nuclear power: It operated a reactor on the campus for research purposes, for almost four decades until 1998. Now it is exploring a smaller and safer microreactor concept that could be built quickly and relatively cheaply in a factory, rather than a traditional reactor which takes years to construct and costs billions of dollars.”

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